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Comment Re:The science is not settled (Score 0) 555

Here are some things science is settled on:

The earth being round.

The earth is not round http://www.scientificamerican....

The earth orbiting the sun.

Technically, the earth does not orbit the sun. It orbits the central mass of the solar system.

Science IS settled on a lot of issues. AGW is a new one, but something we can do something about (well, 10 years ago).

Just because there is a preponderance of evidence that our explanation of an observed phenomenon is correct, it does not mean the science is settled. It means that we have a good explanation. If a better explanation comes along and it fills in areas where the first did not, we adjust our understanding of the universe and the accepted scientific belief is changed.

Ill add that if you are getting your science from grade school or the news outlets, then you need to realize that you are not reading the science and are instead reading an opinion.

Comment Re:Everybody uses health care (Score 1) 315


Yes I do use health care, however i negotiated with my doctor and pay cash! He gives me better discounts than he gives the insurance companies because

1) He knows he will get paid.
2) He does not have to pay someone to manage the paperwork.
3) He knows it is paid in CASH which is far less hassle than checks, credit, or insurance.

My advantages are

1) When I call him, I am at the front of the line.
2) It is cheaper than paying for insurance.

So I have skin in the game, it comes out of my pocket and I pay for services rendered. You should try it some time and stop asking for handouts from the government. No more long lines, no more rejections from the insurance company, no more problems.

Submission + - "Hundreds of Studies Show..." Yeah, right! (

Anon-Admin writes: Regularly, on various media, you hear experts say "there are hundreds of studies that show..." how important music is for kids, that minimum wage increases have little effect on employment, that self-criticism is neurologically destructive, that creatine supplements affect athletic performance, or that electromagnetic fields have no effect on human cells,... This plethora of studies is supposed to quell any doubts you may have about the assertion they support. And hundreds of interviews have shown that it works, and that this glib statement often ends the line of questioning.

Submission + - Apple dismisses diversity proposal for board of directors as 'unduly burdensome' (

Mark Wilson writes: A call by shareholders to do more to increase diversity on Apple's board of directors has been soundly rejected by the company. The board is currently predominantly white and male, leading to calls for an "accelerated recruitment policy requiring Apple to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors".

But in a proxy statement, the board can be seen to have voted against the proposal, saying that it would be "unduly burdensome and not necessary because Apple has demonstrated to shareholders its commitment to inclusion and diversity". The result of the vote will come as something of a surprise as Tim Cook has admitted that the company has much to do to improve diversity.

Submission + - Diary of holocaust victim subject to copyright dispute (

Bruce66423 writes: The Diary of Ann Frank, a Jewish teenager killed by the Nazis whose writing survived in the Amsterdam building where she had hidden, is causing problems. It is 70 years since she died, but her father, who edited it for publication, died later. A French academic has made it available online. The profits from it go to charity

Comment Re:This is not seious science (Score 4, Informative) 44

The way you can tell is that the article mentions that their plants had been attacked by mold. Really? And why were mold spores allowed to come into the plant growth facility?

I take it you have never worked in mycology.

You can't eliminate them, they are everywhere and in amazing quantities. Even in my ISO Class 100 clean room working under a laminar flow hood, I still get the rare unintended mold growth in a culture. Normally from a simple procedure mistake.

You have mold spores on your skin, in your hair, on everything you own, etc.

Just for the fun of it I set up the laser particle counter in my kitchen one day, gave an average reading of 6,954,652 particles, at a flow rate of 0.1 CFM, between .3 microns and .5 microns per cubic foot of air.

Submission + - Urban Raccoons Invade US Cities writes: Annie Correal reports at the NY Times that although New York City may be better known for its rat population, the city’s 311 help line received 1,581 inquiries about raccoon control in 2015 as of mid-December, up from 936 in all of 2014, according to official data. Raccoons are often thought of as forest-dwelling creatures, but raccoons can reach a very high density in cities. “They’re truly incredible in their adaptability,” says Samuel I. Zeveloff, author of “Raccoons, A Natural History." Raccoons are omnivorous and opportunistic, easily switching from eating grubs or bird eggs to devouring human and pet food, and from living in tree hollows to inhabiting attics and chimneys. This flexibility, combined with a relative lack of predators, can lead to rapid population growth. Flexible about where they den, willing to eat just about anything, raccoons transit seamlessly from forest to city. Brick walls prove as easy to climb as trees. Attics and chimneys turn out to be perfectly cozy places for sleeping and for rearing young. Compared to other wildlife species living near humans, such as coyotes and deer, raccoons are in a league of their own.

The problem is that is difficult to dispose of a raccoon. New York City law dictates that any captured raccoon must be killed in a humane fashion, because raccoons are known to carry rabies. But many trappers, as well as homeowners who do the job themselves, say they transport raccoons to parks or wilderness areas and set them free instead, because they don’t have the heart to do what is legally required. “Now, everybody is just releasing them," says one urban trapper. "They’re letting them go in any quiet place.” The problem, experts say, is that from there, the animals tend to wander into the nearest neighborhood. People see wooded areas as the animals’ natural habitat, where they belong. But these are city raccoons that tend to make a U-turn for civilization when dropped off in nature, says Stanley D. Gehrt who has studied urban raccoons for two decades. “When you take them and drop them off in a natural environment, they’re going to look for buildings,” says Gehrt. “It’s what they’re used to.”

Comment Loosing them here (Score 2) 138

The old swap meet is no more. That went back to the days when it was held in the Heathkit warehouse parking lot. I do miss wandering the meet in the early hours of the morning getting good used items.

Just recently the last of the big surplus parts stores closed. I remember getting parts for my Commodore 64 from them, bought my first PC from them (A Compaq Desk Pro), Heck I bought a couple of CPM systems from them in the day. They just had a big going out of business sale and closed the doors. It was a loss as I used to wander there isles and get component parts, power supplies, and other jewels. Heck, many of the parts for my 3d printer came from there shelves.

I do miss the old surplus parts stores, guess there was not enough business to keep them going.

Comment No kidding! (Score 5, Informative) 117

I am my no means an expert on EHR. However I have dated a couple of RN's and have several in the family.

What I can say is that who ever develops this crap does not seem to ask the Doctors or RN's how they do there job.

There was a different 15digit code for every procedure, option, action and the RN had to key each in for every step and often had to click a "yes that is right" box or have a Dr come over and acknowledge that yes that is the correct prescription, etc. Im not talking about new prescriptions, Im talking about standard daily doses given in a care facility.

In every case it took 3x longer for them to do the computer entry than it did for them to do the job and add written notes to the charts. Every RN I know complains that it is cumbersome, time consuming, and takes away from their time caring for the patients.

It really reminded me of some of the time keeping systems I have used. Ones where Accounting laid out the system so you had to enter the time code for each task in no smaller than 15min increments and you had to make sure every min of your day was accounted for.

Comment Re:People in Texas must be loving this (Score 1, Offtopic) 88

Go back to Mexico already.

Why do people say this?

We won our independence from Mexico and were an independent nation before we joined the US.

Strange how people will say "Remember the Alamo" but then forget that it was the relaying cry for Texas to declare our independents from Mexico and become a Nation.

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